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Do We Need a Third Political Party?

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  Do we Need a Third Political Party? The Civil War is raging here in our country all over again. Since the end of the Civil War, or as my grandmother called it, The War Between the States, there have been only 2 political parties here in the United States. Affiliation with either of those 2 parties has never been so controversial and contentious as it is today. It is as if the Civil War is raging here in our country all over again. We go to great lengths to build our collections of friends and followers on social media. We brag about how many people follow us or have friended us on these platforms. And we say the most horrible things about and to those same people on Social media – all in the name of an ideology we didn’t create, nor do we fully support or, in most cases, understand. Whether you identify as a liberal or a conservative, do you agree with 100% of what the politicians and special interest groups associated with your political party support? If you are honest wi

The Art of Professional Sales

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  My latest book is a departure from the fast paced action adventure novels I consider my stock in trade. The Art of Professional Sales is the book I wish I had read when I started my professional sales career. I DECIDED TO WRITE A SALES TRAINING BOOK because I saw that the art of sales was disappearing from most business models. I am not referring to the pursuit of sales numbers. Every business owner and entrepreneur gives lip service to the importance of sales. To each of these leaders in industry, sales has become a statistical event only. Businesses nowadays seem to relegate their sales numbers to the same circumstance of chance they assign outside production activities to the weather. I see the art of professional selling abandoned by so many. Most sellers, and buyers, consider traditional sales an antiquated practice which no longer works. In the modern age of an informed customer base, and the emergence of compassionate business ownership, sales is considered a discourtesy.

COVID 19 = Death? Who is Doing the Math?

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Please think critically. Question the Math I am learning that America is populated by people who lack basic math skills. Combine that with a preponderance of people with no desire to think critically and you have COVID 19 = Death. June 26, 2020 Austin, TX - Austin Mayor Steve Adler (Addled) is in full panic mode now that the doom and gloom medical authorities have announced that not only are we in a second wave of the virus, it is worse than they had anticipated. He is closing the bars and rolling back restaurants to a 50% capacity. This spells doom for Austin businesses. Austin is only one city of the hundreds who are led by politicians with more than their fair share of ignorance, and the knack for acting spontaneously upon inaccurate information. When the COVID 19 virus became synonymous with death, it handed down a verdict of death to the US economy. Whether you call it the Wuhan Virus, Corona Virus, or COVID 19 virus, it has yet to kill anyone. Many with t

LA Comic Keith Reza Interviews Craig Rainey

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Click here to here LA Comic Keith Reza interview Craig Rainey on his Reza Rifs Podcast.

Self-Publishing in a World of Books: Cover Art

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 This article is the first in an 11-part series on self-publishing. The unprecedented access to self-publishing has done more to distance the typical start-up writer from his or her dream of being a successful author than any barriers erected by traditional publishing house resources. If you have a dream of writing a single book, or launching your career as a prolific author, you will have decisions to make. Make no mistake, the publishing part of your writing career will overshadow the creation of artistic prose. I learned this the hard way. “There was no interest in my book at all” In 2018 I published Massacre at  Agua Caliente - A Western Tragedy . I designed the cover in Photoshop and Draw Perfect. I built the novel’s content in Word, creating my own format. Using CreateSpace, Amazon's old book creator process, my book was easy to bring to market. Like many of you, I thought the market would take care of the rest.  I was wrong. There was no interest

Bert's Tale of Booze - a Short Story by Craig Rainey

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Bert’s Tale of Booze  Bar-baby-an Excerpted from the novel Stolen Valor, A Carson Brand Novel. Bert is Carson Brand's best friend. He is known for his telling of the following tale during Rennaisance Festivals. A grey sky hovered low upon the wet roofs and bundled masses heaving along the streets of the village. Cloaks clung tightly around chilled shoulders. Peace tied swords weighed heavily, ankle bells tinkled with each step, and ponderous chain mail shifted and tinkled with their haste. The scarred double doors of the great hall resisted the large crowd entering to receive a small amount of warmth and a large amount of ale or Meade. At the center of the roiling throng stood a large bearded man in stiff leathers, broad gauntlets and grieves. His arms spread dramatically as his deep voice boomed. All present knew of him and his tale. No matter the frequency of the telling, his ode was welcomed as a mainstay of the festival. “Settle in with me now.   Join me in